Transform Plate Boundaries and Fracture Zones bridges the gap between the classic plate tectonic theory and new emerging ideas, offering an assessment of the state-of-the-art, pending questions, and future directions in the study of transform plate boundaries and fracture zones. The book includes a number of case studies and reviews on both oceanic and continental tectonic settings.
Transform Plate Boundaries and Fracture Zones is a timely reference for a variety of researchers, including geophysicists, seismologists, structural geologists and tectonicists, as well as specialists in exploration geophysics and natural hazards. This book can also be used as an up-to-date reference at universities in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- Reviews ideas and concepts about transform plate boundaries and fracture zones
- Includes a variety of case studies on both oceanic and continental settings
- Addresses innovative and provocative ideas about the activity of fracture zones and transform faults and their impacts to the human society
Part I. Basic Concepts and Reviews 1. Introduction to transform plate boundaries and fracture zones 2. Origin and evolution of continental transform faults 3. Origin and evolution of oceanic transform faults 4. Origin and evolution of oceanic fracture zones 5. Advances in numerical modelling of transform faults 6. Advances in analogue modelling of transform faults 7. The role of fluids in the activity of transform faults 8. Rheology of transform faults 9. Seismicity along transform plate boundaries and fracture zones and associated hazards 10. Tsunami hazards associated with transform plate boundaries 11. Natural resources associated with transform faults and fracture zones 12. Subduction initiation along transform faults and fracture zones 13. Fracture zones as highways in the propagation of life across the oceans
Part II. Case Studies 14. Atlantic Ocean transforms and fracture zones 15. Pacific Ocean transforms and fracture zones 16. Indian Ocean transforms and fracture zones 17. Transform faults of Asia Chaman Fault and Altyn Tagh Fault 18. San Andreas Fault 19. Alpine Fault 20. Azores-Gibraltar Fracture Zone 21. North Anatolian Fault 22. Dead Sea Fault 23. Haiti fault system 24. Sumatra fracture zones 25. Lithosphere tearing at STEP faults 26. Tear faults in Calabria 27. Trans-Alboran Fault